Hazmat team called to Duval County Courthouse, day after suspicious letters sent to state attorney’s office

Letter sent to courthouse taken to local lab for testing, FBI says

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department called its hazmat team in Wednesday to the Duval County Courthouse — just a day after authorities were called to investigate letters sent to the Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office that contained a suspicious substance.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department called its hazmat team in Wednesday to the Duval County Courthouse — just a day after authorities were called to investigate letters sent to the Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office that contained a suspicious substance.

The FBI said its agents, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and JFRD were called to investigate a suspicious letter at the courthouse. JFRD told News4JAX that no courthouse staffers appeared to have been exposed to whatever was in the letter.

The FBI issued an updated statement Wednesday evening that reads:

“The suspicious letter was transported to a local laboratory and testing for substances is underway. No known injuries at this time. This is an ongoing federal investigation and no additional details can be provided at this time.”

The scene appeared to have cleared out shortly after 7 p.m. Lajames Hall, who lives nearby, said he was pleased with the response of law enforcement.

“Hopefully they can quickly determine what’s in the letter or the letters and kind of put us all at ease,” he said.

The substance found in letters Tuesday at the State Attorney’s Office was determined not to be a biological threat, according to the FBI, but additional details as to what the substance was were not provided.


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